Destination: Montana Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
815 S. 27th St., Billings, Montana, 59101
350,000 sq ft
Shaped by the Yellowstone River and sheltered by the sandstone Rimrocks, Billings is the cradle of progressive regional commerce providing hospitality, healthcare, transportation, diverse educational opportunities, cuisine, arts and culture. Billings is a place of forever views and forever memories with the adventure of the untamed wilderness and history right out your hotel door. Montana’s city connects you to the authentic historical west. Guests can immerse themselves in modern conveniences on the edge of the genuine frontier. Billings, situated in Yellowstone County, is Montana’s largest city. Shopping, dining, nightlife, outdoor offerings, family attractions, and historic and cultural activities are major draws to the area; along with the city’s 4,300 hotel rooms and hundreds of thousands of square feet of flexible meeting space. Logan Airport serves eight (8) cities directly with major airlines including Delta, United, Alaska Air and Allegiant. Direct flights from Salt Lake City, Denver, Seattle, Minneapolis, to name a few, are offered several times daily year-round with seasonal Chicago and Atlanta flights. The Visit Billings team is ready to assist your group from site visits and financial incentives to servicing and pre/post conference planning to help make your event in Billings - remarkable. Billings is Montana’s Trailhead.
By Chuck Kapelke
May 23, 2014
The next time you’re considering putting together a team-building activity for a client group, consider the myriad possibilities beneath the vast skies of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. For example, a company such as Pangaea River Rafting, a white-water rafting outfitter based in Missoula, Montana, allows groups to charge the rapids before relaxing on a riverside beach and enjoying games and mental puzzles focused on communication and trust.
By Maxine Cass
May 21, 2013
Whether surrounded by jagged peaks and water, nestled in old-growth forests, or out with cowboys under vast skies, meetings in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are inspiring in every sense. Face-to-face get-togethers are a literal breath of fresh air in the Rockies. While education, networking and keynote speakers’ messages are crucial to any meeting, team building is often cited as attendees’ most memorable experience—the one with lessons they utilize in the workplace for years to come. Diverse outdoor team-building activities in these three states can boost cooperation, confidence, skills and leadership abilities well beyond the meeting room.
By Steve Winston
December 31, 2012
If you’re looking for a room with a view, you’ve come to the right place. The Rocky Mountains have plenty of room. And the views are certainly spectacular. Meetings here are often more productive simply because the surroundings are so energizing. The air is fresher. The terrain is grander. The excitement level among attendees is higher. And the opportunities for memorable meetings and team building are exceptional.
By Steve Winston
May 30, 2012
These three states aren’t normally considered meeting centers on the order of an Orlando or San Francisco. Yet out here in Big Sky country, with its mountains and wide-open ranchland, planners are finding excellent facilities, value pricing, great team-building opportunities and stunning natural backdrops.
By Nikki Gloudeman
December 30, 2011
Talk about a sense of arrival: Book a meeting in the Rocky Mountains, and your attendees will be greeted with the sight of natural wonders shaped over the course of millions of years, soaring thousands of feet into the sky. They will have access to ample winding trails, snowy crests and wildlife. They will be able to ski, bike, hike—pretty much any outdoor pursuit imaginable.
By Carolyn Koenig
May 31, 2011
Fur trappers, explorers, cowboys, miners and adventurers—colorful characters of yesteryear—have all added their imprint to the natural allure of the Mountain West. Comprised of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, this rugged region encompasses not one, but three national parks that celebrate its magnificent terrain, much of it preserved as it was centuries earlier.
This combination of history and geology gives the Mountain West (which totals more than 328,000 square miles) a sense of place, fleshing out the parade of mountains and broad sweep of plains with an undeniable ambience.
So, if you’re a planner who wants a juicy carrot to motivate your sales team or an inspiring destination for your upcoming meeting, consider the Mountain West. Chances are, your group will fit right in.
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This is where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play—as well as moose, bear, fox and all manner of free-roaming wildlife. This is Montana, a wilderness paradise of unbridled beauty and wide-open spaces.
When you’re the fourth-largest state in the country in area and 44th in population (behind Rhode Island), the great outdoors is your calling card. In fact, sections of the state are so unspoiled they look much as they did when Lewis and Clark journeyed across the length of what would become Montana back in 1805.
With such spectacular nature and fabled western history (the Gold Rush and the Battle of Little Bighorn also took place here), nothing will be ordinary about meeting in Montana. The state’s landscape is diverse and dramatic, with the Rocky Mountains running through the western half of the state and lesser ranges, prairies and badlands in the east. And given its size and diversity, the climate can be just as varied. Winter is truly a wonderland here, with snow-covered peaks and their corresponding ski resorts offering a full range of outdoor recreation, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, as well as such unique activities as ice fishing and dog sledding.
By contrast, “Summer in Montana,” as the author Tim Cahill wrote, “is like the best piece of pie you ever had.” Besides the explosion of wildflowers and grasslands, summer offers visitors numerous nature activities, as well as a host of outdoor events and festivals to enjoy. Spring and fall are less crowded but still provide plenty of activities.